Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Montego Bay Vacation . . . Nothing is a problem on this island paradise where reggae, romance and the Caribbean sun come together. Accommodations range from charming inns to luxurious resorts. Pioneers of the all-inclusive vacation concept, you won't find an island that does it better. Jamaica is the birthplace of Belafonte's calypso and Bob Marley's reggae, and home to many celebrated music festivals. Wherever you go in Jamaica, the friendly smiles of its people and the natural beauty of the island will keep you coming back.
With its own international airport, Montego Bay is ideal for those who are limited to a short stay. Discover a variety of amazing beaches, a bustling town and many sites including the Rosehall Great House.
Jamaica's average annual temperature is 80 degrees F / 27 degrees C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78 degrees F and 85 degrees F. Extreme temperatures range from a low of 65 degrees F to a high of 95 degrees F.
Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the third by population (after Kingston and Spanish Town).
It is a tourist destination known for its shopping, cruise line terminal and the sheltered Doctor’s Cave Beach with clear turquoise waters which is one of the most famous beaches on the island. The city is backed by picturesque low mountains.
The name "Montego Bay" is believed to have originated as a corruption of the Spanish word manteca (“lard”0 allegedly because during the Spanish period it was the port where lard, leather, and beef were exported. Jamaica was a colony of Spain from 1511 until 1655 when Oliver Cromwell’s Caribbean expedition, the Western Design, drove the Spanish from the island. Christopher Columbus, when he first visited the island in 1494, named the bay Golfo de Buen Tiempo ('Fair Weather Gulf')
During the epoch of slavery, from the mid-17th century until 1834, and well into the 20th century, the town functioned primarily as a sugar port. The island's last major slave revolt, the Christmas Rebellion or Baptist War (1831–1832) took place in the area around Montego Bay; the leader of the revolt, Samuel Sharpe, was hanged there in 1832. In 1975, Sharpe was proclaimed a national hero of Jamaica, and the main square of the town was renamed in his honor.
In 1980, Montego Bay was proclaimed a city by act of parliament, but this has not meant that it has acquired any form of autonomy as it continues to be an integral part of St. James Parish.
Today, Montego Bay is known for its large regional hospital (Cornwall Regional Hospital), port facilities, second homes for numerous upper class Jamaicans from Kingston as well as Americans and Europeans, fine restaurants, and shopping opportunities. The coastland near Montego Bay is occupied by numerous tourist resorts, most newly built, some occupying the grounds of old sugar cane plantations with some of the original buildings and mill-works still standing. The most famous of these are the White Witch Rose Hall and Tryall, both of which now feature world-class golf courses.
The infrastructure of the city is going through a series of explosive modernizations which once completed aim to make Montego Bay a top destination in the Caribbean.
The White Witch, Annie Palmer, was born in Paris. She is a character in Jamaican folklore.
According to legend, she was a beautiful but spoiled young white woman who arrived on the island as the wife of the owner of Rose Hall Plantation, east of Montego Bay in 1820. Annie's husband and several husbands afterwards, all died suspiciously. Annie became known as a mistress of voodoo using it to terrorize her slaves and taking male slaves into her bed at night all of whom she subsequently murdered.
She is also supposed to have dispatched three husbands allegedly because she was bored of them. Assuming this is true it would make Annie an extreme example of a clinical psychopath although the stories are speculation at best. The legend has her murdered in her bed during the slave uprisings of the 1830s.
Doctors Cave Beach
Doctor's Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay (also known as Doctor's Cave Bathing Club) has been one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for nearly a century.
It is noted for its crystal clear turquoise waters and near white sand. Its sheltered location provides calm waters encouraging even the most diffident swimmers to practice safely.
Rose Hall, Jamaica
Rose Hall is widely regarded to be a visually impressive house and the most famous in Jamaica. It is a Georgian mansion with a stone base and a plastered upper story, high on the hillside, with a panorama view over the coast. Built in the 1770s, Rose Hall was restored in the 1960s to its former splendor, with mahogany floors, interior windows and doorways, paneling and wooden ceilings. It is decorated with silk wallpaper printed with palms and birds, ornamented with chandeliers and furnished with mostly European antiques. There is a bar downstairs and a restaurant. Now, Rose Hall has been used as a museum for tourists who wish to see where Annie Palmer ate, slept and also areas of the house where she is said to haunt. Possibly areas where the murders took place e.g. in her bedroom, where she suffocated one of her lovers with a pillow.
Rose Hall is also known for holding séances to try and conjure her spirit and gain answers about the mysterious deaths of her husbands and fanciful legends of underground tunnels, bloodstains and haunting that surround it. There is little evidence to support the legend other than a version of which was written by H. G. de Lisser in his 1928 novel The White Witch of Rose Hall.
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